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First Convention in Brookings County

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 5, 2018
1. First Convention in Brookings County Marker
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Created 1862; Organized 1871; Convention 1877

The County, created on paper in 1862, was organized July 3, 1871 and by 1877, there were communities at Lake Hendricks, Oakwood, Lake Village and Medary, and all had delegates to the nominating convention called to order by C.H. Stearns, County Central Chairman at Medary on October 6. Arthur S. Mitchell of Oakwood was named Chairman; R.W. Crawford, Medary, Secretary. The credentials committee was Martin Trystad, Medary, J.P. Heggerman, Lake Hendricks and Byron E. Pay, Oakwood.

They certified Heggerman, Henry Peterson, Peter Ingrebritson and Julius S. Burlie of Lake Hendricks; M.N. Trystad, Lars Engleson, Erick Trystad, W. Harvey, H.I. Stearns, Charles Nicholson and Crawford of Medary; Mitchell and Pay, Oakwood and K.K. Kuel, Ole Olson and J.A. Fosvig, Lake Village as delegates.

They then proceeded to name the slate headed by Trystad and Pay as Commissioners; James Hauxhurst was named for Register of Deeds; Wm. Harvey, Sheriff; H.H. Simmonson, Assessor; E.P. Smith, Probate Judge; C.H. Stearns, Treasurer; J.A. Foswick, Superintendent; D.M. Dolson, District
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 5, 2018
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Attorney; Ole Bogen, Coroner; Ole D. Peterson, J.L. McMaster, J.C. Beardsley and Ole Sneve were the justice nominees and Jacob Johnson, Rev. G.S. Coddington, for whom that county was named; William Miller and Ole K. Olson were to serve them as Constables.

Brookings County had jumped from 163 in 1870 to 4965 in 1880 and by 1877, a County office was worth having and hence this first convention.
 
Erected 1960 by Brookings County Commissioners and State Historical Society. (Marker Number 285.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 3, 1871.
 
Location. 44° 12.618′ N, 96° 47.238′ W. Marker is near Brookings, South Dakota, in Brookings County. Marker is at the intersection of 471st Avenue and 219th Street, on the right when traveling south on 471st Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookings SD 57006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Medary Townsite (a few steps from this marker); Medary (a few steps from this marker); Moody County (approx. one mile away); Brookings County (approx. one mile away); Hagensick's Resort
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August 15, 2021
3. First Convention in Brookings County Marker
(approx. 3.9 miles away); Lake Campbell Lutheran Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Brookings County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Heart of Brookings (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on August 21, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.   3. submitted on August 21, 2021. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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